Drum and Keiro, A Kind of Musical Instrument Used for the Bugaku Dance
Takashima Chiharu (Japanese, 1777–1859) (?)
Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
8 13/16 x 3 15/16 in. (22.4 x 10 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Not on view
The design of this surimono, a sumptuous print commissioned by one of the poetry clubs that flourished in the urban society of early-nineteenth-century Edo, uses the accoutrements of a Bugaku performance as auspicious imagery for a New Year's greeting.
Signature: Seal (hand-stamped): "Chiharu" at the left
Marking: Seal (hand-stamped):"Ryusai" at the right (Ryusai was a poet of kyoka or humorous poems, probably former owner)
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer , New York (until d. 1929; bequeathed to MMA).